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Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Jun 1;65(6):822-5. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300233.

Relationship of community integration of persons with severe mental illness and mental health service intensity.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Community integration is integral to recovery for individuals with severe mental illness. This study explored the integration of individuals with severe mental illness into mental health and non-mental health communities and associations with mental health service intensity.

METHODS:

Thirty-three ethnically diverse participants with severe mental illness were categorized in high-intensity (N=18) or low-intensity (N=15) mental health service groups. Community integration was assessed with measures of involvement in community activities, social capital resources, social support, social network maps, and subjective integration.

RESULTS:

Although participants rated themselves as being more integrated into the mental health community, their social networks and social capital were primarily derived from the non-mental health community. The high-intensity group had a higher proportion of members from the mental health community in their networks and had less overall social capital resources than the low-intensity group.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings suggest opportunities and possible incongruities in the experience of community integration.

PMID:
24733579
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ps.201300233
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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